Here's why there was never a Carol Burnett sitcom

The icon on why she's better suited for sketch comedy.

That Socrates was really onto something when he said "Know thyself." He probably said some other good stuff, too, but "know thyself" might just be the best piece of advice dispensed by anyone in ancient Greece.

It's all right there. Don't just know your limits or your flaws, know yourself in totality. Because it's easy to know your strengths, but knowing one's weaknesses is a great way to avoid embarrassment. You have to know which parts of yourself to work on, and which parts won't serve you well no matter what.

Carol Burnett is someone who knows exactly who she is. She's a performer who taps into something special and childlike, not just in herself, but in all of us. 

Knowing who she is means that Burnett knows she is preternaturally suited for sketch comedy. 

"I love to stick wigs on and be different people," Burnett told the Hartford Courant in 1990. "Basically, I guess if I wanted to describe what I enjoy the most, it's being a musical-comedy performer. That to me is just the most fun."

This understanding of who she was meant that Burnett wasn't afraid to turn down the professional offers that just didn't suit her, regardless of whether they would've boosted her career in some supposedly meaningful way.

"I'd been getting offers to do half-hour situation comedies where I would play the same character every week," Burnett recalled. 

"That's just not my background or my training. What I did on The Gary Moore Show and on my show for 11 years, that to me is just the most fun." 

Throughout her whole life, Burnett would strive to capture "that same feeling of being a little kid getting all dressed up and pretending to be somebody else."

But pretending to be the same person week after week just didn't suit who she knew she was.

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cperrynaples 6 months ago
Actually, she did a sitcom...sorta! Around this time, NBC signed her to do Carol & Company, a comedy anthology with an ongoing cast similar to Richard Boone's post-HGWT series! NBC did 2 seasons and there would have been a third had CBS not offered to revive her variety series! Several of her C&C co-stars joined TCBS 2.0! And let's not forget she brought back Eunice in the early seasons of Mama's Family for guest spots! It is well known that CBS would have given her a sitcom in the '60's but she held out for variety! She told this story in In Such Good Company, a sort of oral history of TCBS!
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cperrynaples LoveMETV22 6 months ago
Yes, in the book I mentioned, Carol wrote about her variety contract!
LoveMETV22 cperrynaples 6 months ago
Off Topic: Hopefully in future Blur Game's/Quizzes they set it up in a way that comment's are open with all the levels. Most of the conversation today was people adding up their total scores for all the levels.( zzzzz factor).
Jon cperrynaples 6 months ago
I liked CAROL & COMPANY and watched it frequently. I never saw TCBS 2, and it didn't last very long anyway.
Coldnorth justjeff 6 months ago
And fun puns
Runeshaper 6 months ago
I'm glad that Burnett knew what she wanted, and enjoyed what she did (-:
LoveMETV22 6 months ago
It might have been interesting to see Carol in her own sitcom, however it was her choice.
According to her bio's though she had roles in a few TV Series and TV Movies, so at least we were able to see her in roles outside of " The Carol Burnett Show."
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